Prince William Swallows His Pride to Award FA Cup Trophy to Rival Team

"I'm a good actor – I'll hide it underneath," he told the BBC before Saturday's match

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He may be the future king of England, but things don’t always go Prince William‘s way.

The avid soccer fan saw his team, Aston Villa, defeated 4-0 on Saturday by rival team Arsenal in the FA Cup Final – and as president of Britain’s Football Association, he had to present the trophy to the winners.

While the Arsenal players celebrated euphorically under a shower of confetti and applause in London’s Wembley Stadium, the prince looked down several times, seemingly trying to hide his disappointment.

As the Gunners destroyed the Villains to become the most successful team in the history of the 143-year-old competition – nabbing their 12th title – the cameras then zoomed in on a stone-faced William.

“I’m obviously very worried,” the future king, 32, told BBC reporter Gary Lineker in an earlier interview, referring to the possibility of a loss. “It’s either going to be a very good or – aagh – a very bad one!”

But, he added, “I’m a good actor. I’ll hide it underneath.”

Prince Harry, an Arsenal fan but keener on rugby, did not attend the final – a fact that didn t surprise his older brother.

“Harry claims to be an Arsenal fan,” William told Lineker, laughing, suggesting that Harry was doing so just to wind him up.

Of course, there’s still hope that Princess Charlotte and Prince George will root for their dad’s team – that is, if “the missus” will let them.

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